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Continuing on the topic of Integrations as covered in our previous post Integrations with CLM and SSE solutions – where to start…
Our next article provides scenarios that were captured through direct collaboration with our customers. It includes pre-deployment install and upgrade scenarios for new inst
Check out the full article here: Integration: Customer Scenarios
Also, check back over the next few days for more on our “Integrations theme”.
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Everyone has them, you know, those ages old ClearQuest records with a never ending string of history records. Records so long that you go for coffee while the record is loading. We all know them far to well. They are the bane of ClearQuest admins world wide. Well not any more. Beginning with the release of feature level 9, now we have choices.
We now can:
* Turn off history all together.
* We can turn it off for some actions and not others
* We can defer loading the history until we need it.
All of these new features opens a whole new world of management options. My favorite is simply defer loading the history. If we are making an update to a record, most of the time we don't need to see the history, so why wait for it to load. With this feature there will be a load history button on the history tab. if you need to see the history, simply click on the button. Any modification to the record, or refresh will cause the history to be discarded from memory and you will again be presented with the button.
Simple clean and neat.
For more information on these new features see the following links:
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You just upgraded WAS 8.5.x to the latest fixpack and after restarting the services, ClearQuest can no longer be accessed through port 80. You discover that you can reach it on port 12080. On closer examination, you realize the plugin-cfg.xml that is referenced by the httpd.conf file has been overwritten. How do you fix it? If you follow these simple steps below, you should be back to normal before you know it.
It turns out the httpd.conf file is not pointing to the plugin-cfg.xml being used by WAS. The file specified in httpd.conf has incorrect server paths. Propagation will fix this mismatch.
To fix this:
1) login to the WAS admin console http
2) On the left of the console expand Server -> Server Type -> Web Server
3) When the propagation is finished, Click on "<yo
4) navigate down the page and click on "Copy to web server key store directory"
Should you still have issues after performing the above, check the plugin log file for any errors.
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Looking for guidance in planning your deployment?
The Deployment planning: Where to start? article in the Jazz.net deployment wiki outlines several key planning and design considerations for designing a Rational development environment. The considerations focus on the environment and non-functional options that typically effect how successful your deployment and ultimate adoption will be.
Topics covered in the article include the following:
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You may come across situation where you do not want a user in your Project Area to view data in a particular stream.
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Looking for some of those special little tidbits to help with your use of Rational Integration Tester? Check out the following most recently published content which may offer some assistance.
This document will be helpful to users who have constructed a Custom Function previously for RIT and may wish to repeat the process without working through all the instructions in the manual again. The document may also assist users reviewing the process undertaken when troubleshooting.
Provides details about how you can pretty print XML from IBM Rational Integration Tester that may be desirable in cases such as logging.
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This article explains how to reduce the number of Rational Team Concert component flow displays in the pending changes window.
By default, all components in a Repository workspace (RWS) use the current flow target. You can use the Repository workspace editor to add flow targets or change their scope so that not all components use them. Refer to Flow targets for further details.
For example, you can specify in flow targets for some of the components in a Repository workspace (RWS) display, or decide that a specific component must display in pending changes window.
Note: You can use the Flow Only components checked below option in RWS\Stream Flow Target to make the Pending Changes view more manageable. This helps more when streams or workspace have 10++ and which might not be all needed in the pending changes window.
You can use the above scenario where in you can avoid unwanted components display in the pending changes.
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Here is a collection of some of the Basic Rational Team Concert Source code management links from IBM Rational Support. We hope you will find them as helpful as we have.
RTC Source Control Basics
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There are various performance testing tools in market and it's advisable for a tester to do a sort of comparison in-terms of the product functionality.
Under Load Runner you could see following options made available
So there could be questions as to whether RPT provides similar functionality or how would the virtual user execution gets handled in RPT.
What happens if you specify 100 virtual users in the RPT schedule. Say, you have 10 user groups each one has an unique script with it. So10 users per user group, totally 100.
RPT does not require a thread per test not it does require a thread per virtual user. When an individual action is being executed one thread is used.
One example of an action is an HTTP request. One thread is required to open a connection, if necessary, and write the request. Reading the response from the server is non-blocking. When data is available one thread is required to read the data and perform any processing required. Another example of an action is Custom Code. During the execution of the Custom Code exec() method one thread is required.
In general, For the HTTP protocol the RPT engine will create a thread as needed up to a maximum of 500 threads. The need to execute an action (eg request send or response) and unavailability of a free thread is what controls creation of additional threads.
Unless there is some specific problem it is highly recommended to let RPT control the creation and deletion of threads.
So, if you are looking it specifically from RPT perspective, then the agent starts execution with 10 worker threads
However if you are interested to control the threads, then the following system properties can influence thread control. These apply to the execution engine (ie location or agent) so a general property for the location must be created to set these system properties. For each location you must create a property called RPT_VMARGS and set it accordingly.
The default values are
-DrptThreadCount=10 (Initial number of worker threads)
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The external help desk is the way Service Desk integrates with Rational Team Concert. When Service Desk users publish an incident to this external help desk, the integration creates a work item in a Rational Team Concert project area.
Note: ClearQuest was the first Rational Configuration Management tool supported by the Rational Connector. When support for Rational Team Concert was added, SAP did not update the SPRO documentation. This will be corrected in a future release of Solution Manager.
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The logical port specifies the server on which IBM Rational SAP Connector is installed. It is used to transfer data to the external Defect Management Tool. The Web AS HTTP or HTTPS port is used, depending on the information in the URL.
Each logical port is attached to a consumer proxy. These ports are used by Solution Manager and Service Desk when they need to call the Rational Connector.
Steps to setup the logical ports:
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If you are looking for some help in getting started with integrations supported in the CLM and SSE solutions, you may want to check this article: Integration: Where to start?.
The Integration topics in the article (and in related sections) are intended to provide information about integrations supported in the Collaborative Lifecycle Management and Systems and Software Engineering solutions in terms of technology, maturity, and ability to support some high priority usage scenarios. It will focus initially on the ALM Core solution set of products, ensuring that the integrations are accurately and completely documented and validated for the scenarios identified. The focus will grow over time to include integrations with other IBM tools in the context of, and with third-party tools that have been identified as high priority by customers.
It starts with a description of ALM Core and continues on from there:
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More on the CLM SAP integration...
Create an initial identity for web services calls before the Rational Connector can exchange data with Solution Manager and Service Desk. This user is completely internal to the SAP Solution Manager configuration.
References:Setting up the Rational Connector to work with the SAP Solution Manager
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More on the CLM SAP integration...
A self-signed certificate is to be provided by the SAP Solution Manager and imported into the IBM Rational SAP Connector so that a trust relationship is established.
Steps to configure Client Side for SAML authentication:
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Here are some additional details about the CLM SAP integration. There will be more related topics coming your way - stay tuned...
Solution Manager system documents are displayed by link in the external test management tool. You must activate a service to make this possible.
The service allows following the OSLC “Specified Link” from a Rational Requirements Composer requirement to a Solution Manager blueprint requirement document.
This section uses the External Test Management with IBM Rational Quality Manager > Activate Service to Display Solution Manager Documents.
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SAML is the authentication mechanism that is required for the exchange of data between SAP and the Rational Connector. It’s like two people exchanging keys to each other’s houses. Without the address of the other person’s house, the key can’t be used.
Steps to configure the Server Side for SAML authentication:
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In continuing on the topic of Performance testing, Vaughn Rokosz takes a look at some of the common reasons performance tests can fail, and suggests ways of tuning your servers to avoid the common issues.
Take a look at his latest article that includes the following:
For your convenience, here is the link to the previous article on the subject: Creating a perf
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Looking for information about how to build performance simulations?
Building a good simulation of a user population requires expertise at many levels, including:
In the following article Vaughn Rokosz, a technical lead for the CLM performance team, shares some of his experiences with building performance simulations of the Jazz products. He walks through a simple example demonstrating how to build a simulation of a user population that is creating work items in Rational Team Concert. He also shares some of the things used to make the development of performance simulations simpler by attaching the Rational Performance Tester project that he used when working through the example.
Stay tuned for part 2...
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A new article “Rational Team Concert essentials: A developer's perspective: Part 2. Delivering Work Contributions” has been published. It is a continuation of the conversation started in the Part 1 article published earlier this year.
This article series describes many operations a developer is responsible for from the time they join the project to the time where they are ready to deliver their features and fixes. This series is meant to be a helpful collection of "developer's cheat sheets."
A developer's perspective: Part 1. Joining a new team project Explore the main concepts behind Rational Team Concert's change management mechanisms, joining a team project, creating a repository workspace and loading your project components and artifacts. In Part 1 of this series, you will learn how, step-by-step, to join a team project, create a workspace to contribute to your project, and load existing artifacts from your team’s project components.
A developer's perspective: Part 2. Delivering Work Contributions Learn how to use Rational Team Concert to identify your project development commitments, carry out your development activities in a team environment, and deliver your work to your team project.
GRUC Webcast on August 13: IBM Static Analyzer – Taking your Application Security Analysis to the Cloud
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Chat with us live during the webcast! Join the CrowdChat to interact and network with fellow webcast attendees!
In this session we will introduce IBM Static Analyzer (now in beta) and show how it greatly simplifies static analysis (or white box) security scanning. We will discuss and demonstrate how it can easily integrate into the development lifecycle, as well as how it uses advanced analytics to produce targeted/actionable results to enable you to remediate security vulnerabilities.
***Dial in codes will be sent a few minutes before the webcast and posted in the online meeting. Please check your email before 12:00 PM ET (sender is
By registering for this webcast you are allowing the GRUC to provide your information to IBM and/or webcast sponsors for direct contact regarding IBM products and promotions. You will also receive a complimentary membership to the Global Rational User Community.
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If you are looking for a simple tool to perform GET operation(s) on IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM), then you are looking at the right post.
The RQM artifacts are exposed in XML format through the RQM's Reportable REST (REpresentation and State Transfer) API's. If you are in need to perform a quick GET (get XML) of the RQM artifacts without having to worry about the REST syntax and other nitty-gritties, then the "RQM GET" utility is a good option. This utility is built on the basis of the RQMUrlUtility and provides an interactive way to download the artifact XML using the artifact web IDs.
RQMGET requires a Java 6 (1.6) or greater.
-password : Login Password
-url : Https Url for the RQM application
Here is a sample command line trace of events on the RQM GET utility used to download artifact from an RQM server.
C:\>java -jar rqmget.jar -user clmadmin -password clmadmin -url http
You can download the RQM GET utility by clicking on RQMGETUtility.zip.
Check out these newly published videos for IBM Rational Performance Tester.
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You could see the 'Additional delay' under Client processing delay section for each request, under Advanced tab.
What happens if you make this delay to zero??
Does the play back show much difference in overall response time?
Generally, the time taken to load the entire page outside IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) cannot be mapped to the time taken to load the same page when invoked via RPT recorder. There are lot of parameters that RPT, as a load performance testing tool, accounts for (such as the traffic and connection information).
Also, RPT processes these Client side delays in parallel or sequentially depending on how the application server returns them. Sometimes if you try modifying/disabling the client processing delay value, it may also disable the immediate transaction under Rational Performance Tester. Because, practically speaking, when you disable a request, you potentially invalidate some delays because in theory the disabled request could have been the basis for a delay. Therefore, RPT automatically recalculates the delays on the page when you disable a request. That is, if a later request used the disabled one as a base, the later delay request should be adjusted.
Now, let's come to your question about why such discrepancy between the response in the browser and RPT...
Often times when you see response times that are inaccurate it is because of recording your actions too fast and so you end up with more than one page being combined together. When recording, you need to be mindful and make sure to pause between mouse clicks. Do an action and wait 5 seconds before continuing on to the next action. You also need to pay attention to where your mouse is and make sure you have no "hover gifs" that you accidentally cause to be sent to the server while recording.
To see if you have these problems you have two things you can look at.
1. Open the test and click on the name of the test under test Contents in the tree. Click Select->Request. On the right hand side you will see a table of all requests in your test. Look at the delay column and look for really large delay values. If you have these, they are usually caused by recording too quickly, and act as an "embedded" think on the page. The Client Delay is supposed to simulate how long your client took to process the data from the server before sending the next piece of data. When you record too quickly, these values can be skewed. You can also go to a specific page that is taking too long and look at those specific requests. You can use the same Select button, or you can go to the Advanced tab of each request and look at its delay.
2. If you find the delays are your problem, then you can split the page where the delays are long since this was probably supposed to be two pages. This will move that delay to be the think time of the page which would be more accurate. You can also go to Wind
Also remember that when doing recording, we will capture each connection that was used and will send out the requests on the same connection that they were sent on originally. If you had two connections sending requests at record time, we will send requests on two connections at execution time. If you see a really long client delay, then look at that request in detail to determine if it was something that was sent by a user gesture or as a result of the primary request.
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The idle standby configuration enables recovery from failover to help ensure minimal impact on business operations during planned or unplanned server outages and Idle standby deployment for crash recovery.
Refer to Impl
Important: Jazz Team Server applications allow only a single server to be active at any one time to a repository; therefore the backup (or Idle) server is configured to never run asynchronous (or background) tasks. If a switch is made to the backup server, you must plan to bring the primary server back up as quickly as possible.
Index corruption can be caused by Network, database or application server issues, to name a few. Below are the steps to fix the index corruption issue on active server, using the idle standby server.
Index corrupted occurred on the Active server and you were unable to fix it by running the repotool command on it. So we can still fix the index issue by running a repotool command on the idle standby server.
Fixing the index issue on active RTC server using the Idle standby server.
Below are steps to fix the index problem, using the IDLE standby server. The standby server is on a different machine (and pointing to a different jazz_home than the active one).
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There are many instances where you get reports indicating higher page response times in the IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) generated reports. You tend to correlate these metrics against the usual time behavior noticed when accessing the application under test outside RPT. It could be a case as well where even if you add all the page elements listed in report, the response time is much less compared to overall response time for the transaction.
The page is considered to begin when the first action (typically a request) associated with the page starts execution. If this request needs to make a connection, the page response time will include the connection time. The page ends when the last action (usually a response) of the page completes. RPT would adjust the page response time to remove the time spent in client delays. In RPT 8.2 this changed after determining it was more representative of the real-world response time to leave the client delays in the page response time. Thus, in RPT 8.2 and later, the page response time does include client delays.
However the Think Time value set in the schedule is not included in the page response times displayed in the Performance report. It should be noted that there are potential "delays" in the script that could increase page response times. Think times are associated with pages and are intended to represent human pauses during recording - these don't impact page response times. For individual page elements (requests), there may also be delays which are intended to represent client (browser) delays (processing time for example). These will be reflected in page response times
Questions could arise such as: How does RPT calculate the Page level response time as compared to Request level response time for a given page?
In case the first request used a new TCP connection, it calculates the difference between the timestamp when the connection for the first request in the page was made and the timestamp of when the last byte was received for the last request in the page. In case an existing connection was reused, the timestamp of when the first request was sent is used. All these timestamps are available in the test log if full logging is on. If a existing TCP connection is re-used, the value "Time to Connect" in the test log will be 0 .
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Rational Team Concert server is expected to have a common user base management. In order to correctly perform process enforcement for Git operations by Rational Team Concert it is imperative that the identity of the Git user be known to Rational Team Concert. Therefore, the need to have a common user base across Rational Team Concert and Git server (Apache HTTP server) via a different LDAP arrangement.
We can still get the integration done using a common user name with different user base across Rational Team Concert and Git server via an different LDAP arrangement.
Example: Git is configured with Apache DS LDAP and RTC configured with different LDAP registry.
Note: Common user id used for both GIT and RTC using different registry (with different password) and provide all necessary permissions.
Below are checkpoints for verifying the integrations:
1) Verify the GIT login, just to ensure GIT login is fine
$ git remote show origin
2) Verify the GIT GIt repo configuration
Update respective "repokey" and "repourl" information
3) Verify the GIT GIt repo configuration
Update respective "pre-receive" and "post-receive" hooks information
Note: The above configuration will give a clear understanding about RTC-GIT integrations and using a common user name with different user base across Rational Team Concert and Git server via different LDAP arrangements.
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Post upgrade of your CLM application you may come across the below error while trying to access any Project Areas in Rational Quality Manager.
The error occurs when QM is not deployed correctly which could be the result of an incomplete / improper upgrade process and when WebSphere cache was not cleaned prior to deploying 5.0.2 war file.
Checking the logs reveals the below error:
You may follow the below steps to redeploy QM:
3. Re-deploy QM.war
4. Redo the group mapping in WebSphere by following the below steps:
Map security roles to a user or repository group:
a) Go to Applications > Application Types > WebSphere enterprise applications.
e) Enter a search string to return your group names from the LDAP server. Click Search to run the query.
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Post upgrade of CLM your attempt to login to Rational Quality Manager instance displays an error indicating that your server appears to be in bad state.
You may want to check the following to ensure that the required services are setup properly and are up and running.
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In IBM Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) or Insight, custom enumeration attributes and values are not stored in the same tables and need other joined queries to access the values in your report.
To create an enumeration report, follow the below steps.
1) Launch Report studio, select create new report, from the package select Blank template and move to Query Explorer.
2) Create three queries for Work-item, Enumeration and Enumeration literals.
2.d) To filter against a specific Enumeration, add a filter to Name field and use the value of Enumeration ID in Enumeration literals value query.
3) Now from the Query Toolbox use Join option to join the above created queries.
Click on Join button to link the common key select "Request ID" from Workitem and Enumeration literal queries.
3.b) Create a join query and name it "Enumeration". Join the query for "Wor
Click on the Join button to link the common key, select "Value" from "Wor
Select the fields from both the queries "Wor
4) Now insert the columns of query 3.b in report and run the report.
Additional information can also be found in the Repo
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